Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s announcement of $240,000 to boost the Female Cricket Program and called it an important step towards achieving Cricket Tasmania’s vision of offering the best female cricket program in Australia.

"As Tasmania’s sole professional team sport for women, this investment recognises the importance that women’s cricket plays in our community," he said.

New Tasmanian Tigers Women and Hobart Hurricanes WBBL Coach Salliann Briggs, felt this was the perfect welcoming present having only joined Cricket Tasmania two weeks ago from the UK.

“From the outset I have been impressed by Cricket Tasmania’s aspirations for their women’s program and this investment is going to go a long way towards contributing to our short and long term ambitions.”

“It will significantly improve the way we operate and will increase the level of support we can provide to our current and high potential players.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time for female cricketers in Tasmania and I’m sure in time, with this level of commitment, we will create an aspirational and transparent pathway for all female players who wish to play on the international stage one day,” she said.

Female Tasmanian Tiger and Hobart Hurricanes all-rounder Erin Fazackerley, described how the State Government’s investment in the female program shows great confidence and trust in the players, and a strong commitment to the growth of cricket as a genuine sport for all.

“The professionalism of the WNCL (Women's National Cricket League) and WBBL (Women's Big Bash League) competitions has already grown so much over the last couple of years," she said.

"That growth and the improved standard of cricket being played shows what happens when players are allowed the opportunity to train more and be more professional.”

Drew Ginn, Cricket Tasmania's General Manager - High Performance, acknowledged that the earlier provision of funding for female-friendly facilities and now this announcement for the Female High Performance Program was an outstanding statement that Tasmania is fully backing our female players and teams.

“The commitment to support our female players to achieve world class standards in our Women’s High Performance Program means we are finally matching what was created 18 years ago for our men’s team,” he said.

“A great deal of work has gone into female cricket in Tasmania over many years now."

Their efforts have led to a recognition for change in funding and it will mean a lot to the players and families, coaches and our staff, along with the entire cricketing community.”

This investment complements the government’s commitment of $200,000 to take the WBBL to the North-West of Tasmania and to bring BBL and WBBL matches back to Launceston, as well as the nation-leading investment in female-friendly facilities, plus the introduction of sports vouchers into Tasmania.

Main story image of Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman courtesy of The Mercury Newspaper.